Corporate Council on Africa’s latest news updates

(Posted 24th August 2022)

CCA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Google Wallet enters South Africa to tap digital payments growth
TechCrunch
Google Wallet is now available in South Africa, the first market for this product in Africa, to make it easy for users to save and easily and securely access their payment cards, loyalty cards and boarding passes… Read more>>

U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS
Vera Songwe resigns from UNECA
Associated Press
Dr. Vera Songwe announced her resignation as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) at a virtual town meeting for ECA employees and partners on Monday… Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS
Ghanaian, Ivorian cocoa yield in doubt as farmers shun costly fertilisers
Zawya
Cocoa farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast cannot afford to buy fertilisers and other products needed to increase yield on their plantations because their price has doubled and in some cases trebled compared to a year earlier… Read more>>

Nearly half the people in Ethiopia’s Tigray in ‘severe’ need of food aid, World Food Programme says
Reuters
The nearly two-year conflict in Ethiopia has left almost half the population of Tigray region in “severe” need of food, as aid groups struggle to reach the population because of insufficient fuel supplies… Read more>>

ENERGY
Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda’s power project reaches 95 percent
The Citizen
The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFHP) has reached 95 percent and is expected to be completed in November this year, it was revealed here at the weekend… Read more>>

Biggest Wind Farms in South Africa by Installed Capacity
Energy, Capital, Power
With South Africa struggling with load shedding due to inadequate power generation capacity as demand continues to rise, the state utility, Eskom, and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy have turned to the country’s high potential wind resources to establish energy security while drive the transition to a clean energy future… Read more>>

HEALTH
Burkina Faso launches its first pharmaceutical production plant
Africa News
Built by actors of the Burkinabe private sector and named Propharm, this factory, erected on 1.5 hectares in the commune of Komsilga, on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou, will ensure a “permanent availability of the most requested medicines”, according to its promoters… Read more>>

Transforming Africa’s health system in wake of COVID-19 pandemic
WHO Africa
As Africa strives to recover from the deepfelt impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, health authorities and experts gathering this week for the Seventy-second session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa launched a new drive to find ways of revamping the region’s health systems… Read more>>

UN steps up post-COVID support in Africa; battles cholera in Malawi
United Nations News
“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the fragility of our continent’s health infrastructure and the urgent need to strengthen the overall health system to secure access to quality care for all Africa’s people, when and where they need it, without incurring financial hardship,” said WHO’s Africa Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti… Read more>>

Africa CDC Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative Commences Implementation in Lesotho
Africa CDC
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has commenced the in-country implementation of the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative in Lesotho to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination.. Read more>>


INFRASTRUCTURE
Zambia: China’s Avic battles Casilli consortium for $700m DRC road contract
The Africa Report
The government’s Road Development Agency (RDA) is expected to announce – “before September this year” – a contractor to build the key road linking the capital Lusaka to the copper-rich regions… Read more>>


ICT
Togo’s new cybersecurity center will serve the whole of Africa
Quartz Africa
A new cybersecurity center in Togo is poised to add into efforts by individual African countries to secure the continent’s cyberspace… Read more>>

Africa is Seizing the Opportunities Offered by Space Technology
Africa
More than 20 African countries have established space programmes and at least 13 have developed satellites, according to the consultancy Space in Africa… Read more>>

Foundation rebirthing African culture, arts to boost technology
The Guardian Africa
The Ladi Kwali Foundation, has beginning the rebirthing of African culture and art’s work to address some of the world’s most pressing issues in an innovative and thinking manner forward technology… Read more>>

Africa’s first central bank e-currency is yet to have recurring users
Quartz Africa
Nigeria’s central bank believes its digital currency, the eNaira, has scored wins in the ten months since it was launched last October. The app has been downloaded 840,000 times, nearly a third of those converting to active wallets… Read more>>


TOURISM
Why A Specific Delta Boeing 767 Is Banned From Flying To Ghana
Simple Flying
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) wrote a letter to Delta Air Lines, asking it not to send the 767 with registration N195DN on any flights to Ghana. This temporary ban comes after the aircraft in question developed technical snags multiple times… Read more>>

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